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An inspector calls, writer and characters

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An Inspector Calls An Inspector Calls was written by J.B Priestly in 1945. It is a play about social injustice, it tells us about a fictional industrial town where people are divided by class. It mainly takes place in the dining room of the Birlings' house in Brumley, a city in the North Midlands. It starts on an evening in spring, in 1912. In the play it sends a clear political message. It talks about the idea of socialism, as a society in which community and responsibility are central. This is strongly contrasted with the idea of capitalism, in which 'every man is an island' and has to work for himself, with no second thought for other people. J.B Priestley uses many dramatic devices, such as dramatic irony and tension in order to effectively send this political message throughout the play. He uses them appropriately for the time in which he is writing the play and for the time in which the play is set. ...read more.


The plot of this dramatic play is based around the Birling family's involvement in a young girl's suicide. The Birling family consists of the two parents, Arthur and Sybil Birling and their two children Eric and Sheila. Gerald Croft is soon to become a member of the family as he has recently announced his engagement to Sheila. Inspector - He is used to convey a message, as a mouthpiece to Priestley's views. He makes it seem as if socialism is the true and honest way to live. The Inspector uses graphic imagery in order to shock the Birlings into giving him information, "she'd swallowed a lot of strong disinfectant. Burnt her inside out of course". He also has a almost ghostly presence. His name, Inspector Goole, indicates this as Goole sounds like Ghoul and Inspector sounds like spectre. Mr Birling - His description is of a 'heavy-looking and portentous man'. This description helps to give an impression of him being of a threatening appearance. ...read more.


His father does not approve of him and his mother cannot see his faults one of which is a drink problem. He has made the dead girl pregnant and he has also stolen money from his father to support her. Like his sister, however, he feels both a strong sense of guilt and real sympathy towards Eva Smith. Gerald Croft - Sheila's fianc� and the son of her father's industrial rival. He is respected by Mr Birling with whom he shares an opinion on the way to conduct business. Self confident and at ease with anyone he comes into contact with are the his main traits. He is courteous and tactful towards the Birlings. It comes to light that he has had an affair with the dead girl who had changed her name to daisy Renton at the time. Eva Smith - We never see her but the play revolves around her. She is linked to all the other characters, except for the inspector and Edna, who all seemed to have played a part in her downfall. Her existence and death are in direct contrast with the wealthy lives of the Birlings and Gerald Croft. ...read more.

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